Using Google Scholar

This guide shows you how to use Google Scholar to find academic resources. It also shows you how to access full text via the CQU Library.

Finding full text at CQU using Google Scholar

GoogleScholar is a web search engine created by Google to locate academic and scholarly sources.

Sources include peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, book chapters, abstracts and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organisations.

Note: Only some of the Library's resources appear in Google Scholar search results, however, it can be viewed as a complementary search tool for finding scholarly information.

You can set up Google Scholar to identify whether the resources it finds are held in full text at CQUniversity Library and/or any other libraries to which you have access.

To do this:

  1. Go to Google Scholar.
  2. Click on Settings at the top of the page (the wheel icon)
  3. Click on Library Links in the left hand menu
  4. Type Central Queensland University into the search box
  5. Tick the checkbox beside CQUniversity - View @ CQUniversity
  6. Google Scholar library settings page

  7. Click Save

Now when you search Google Scholar, View @ CQUniversity will appear to the right of the results if CQUniversity Library has access to the full text.

Accessing full text from your search results

Google Scholar search results will include book references as well as journal articles and research papers. Some are freely available on the Web, whereas others are not. Full text access to recently published books, for example, are rarely available online.

You can usually tell about the type of item from the information provided in the results returned.  For example here is a snapshot of the search results for preparing performance appraisals.  Note the View @ CQUniversity link.

  • Results will usually contain a citation, including the title, author(s), date and the publisher or the database where the resource is located (see first and second result.
  • Resources available at CQUniversity Library are indicated by the View @ CQUniWhen you click on this link, the resource will usuallly be sourced from a CQUniversity Library subscribed database. You will need to authenticate with your student details before you gain full access.
  • If the result does not have the View @ CQUniversity link next to it, click the title to see if you can access the resource. Sometimes, the full-text is freely available on the Web, even if there is the CQUniversity Library link.  Documents and research paper results include the URL (web address) for the website on which the resource is located.  If however, you are having trouble locating the full text from the Google Scholar search results, you can always contact the Library for help in sourcing the item.
  • Books will usually be indicated by the words (see third result). To find out if CQUniversity Library has a copy of the book, you can do a title search using Library Search.
  • To see if the book is held at another library you have access to, you must click on the title to open up the record further and use the Find in a library link, which should appear on the left hand side of the record. This link contains information from library catalogues from around Australia and will help you identify which libraries hold copies of the book.  This information can be useful for staff and RHD students who can request the item via the Library's Document Delivery service.
  • A useful feature of Google Scholar is the ability to check which other resources are related to a particular record. Click on the Related Articles link to see resources on similar topics.
  • You can also see how many times a resource has been cited in other reference lists. This is a useful way to find additional resources relating to your topic. To see which other authors have referred to a resource to help form their ideas, click the Cited

If you need more help, please contact the Library using the contact details found on this webpage.

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To search Google Scholar even more effectively, you can use the Advanced Scholar Search.

This enables you to use a variety of search tools, including boolean searching. You can also search for particular authors, and limit to specific types of publications, dates, and subject areas.